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MAY 2016 edition of The Domestic Church publication
Send E-mails to Socorro at: struchan@diokzoo.org
 
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"Dear Mothers: thank you! Thank you for what you are in your family and for what you give to the Church and the World." - Pope Francis, The Joy of Love

"This Exhortation is especially timely in this Jubilee Year of Mercy. First, because it represents an invitation to Christian families to value the gifts of marriage and the family, and to persevere in a love strengthened by the virtues of generosity, commitment, fidelity and patience. Second, be­cause it seeks to encourage everyone to be a sign of mercy and closeness wherever family life re­mains imperfect or lacks peace and joy."

-Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia/The Joy of Love

http://www.diokzoo.org/amoris-laetitia

Discovering Our Deepest Desire for Couples...JUNE 3 and 4

What is at the root of this deepest desire to know your spouse? This deep desire, at its very root, is not simply about seeing another person more deeply but, ultimately, it is how we discover our Creator, for whom all of us long for the most. Find out how to enrich and strengthen marriages (yours included...)

(D.O.D.D.) is about strengthening marriages, and about becoming Marriage-Building parishes that provide marriage support and encouragement to all married couples. The title of the D.O.D.D. curriculum comes from St. Augustine who said, “The deepest desire of every human heart is to be seen and to see another in this same way.” This golden thread that runs throughout the program is the impetus that drives home the importance of strengthening our marital commitment to our spouse.This time is intended for married couples, parish staff, priests, deacons and wives, and all those who work with married couples.

DATE: June 3 - 4, 2016
LOCATION: Transformations Retreat Center (3427 Gull Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49048)
COST: $30 per person or $50 per couple (Both names are required: husband and wife)

NOTE: Ticket price includes materials and Saturday lunch
REGISTER via EVENTBRITE at:
https://goo.gl/Ab1sY0
or REGISTRATION for PRIESTS: Call Jane Bodway at 269-903-0147

QUESTIONS: Call Jane Bodway at 269-903-0147

LIMITED SEATING - REGISTER EARLY - LIMITED SEATING - REGISTER EARLY

If you ever feel distressed during your day – call upon our Lady – just say this simple prayer: “Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now”

What parents can do: MODEL
Marketing and the media also influence adults. When you think about what you buy and watch, you teach your sons and daughters to do so, too. (American Psychological Association)

Are you a widower? Widowed Men's Fellowship
Join other widowed men for a time of fellowship and discussion... we gather monthly...so you are welcome to participate anytime...
DATES: 2nd Wednesday of each month: May 11, June 8
TIME: 4 to 5:30 pm
LOCATION: Diocesan Pastoral Center
215 N. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo

Questions? Please call Fr. Don Klingler at 269-254-8138 or Socorro at 269-903-0199

"The merciful family”
National Student contest Winners
  • School with most student entries: St. Charles Borromeo - - -
    Thank you to Mrs. Andalon 4th grade (20 entries) and Miss Klein 5th and 6th grades (23 entries)
  • Division 1 (grades 4th – 8th) 1st Place Winners:
    • ART 1st Place – “The Works of Mercy” by Bennett Carpenter – 5th grade – teacher is Mrs. Raelynn Stein – St. Augustine Cathedral School
    • ART 1st Place - “Merciful Heart” by Molly Brown – 8th grade – teacher Mr. Silverwood – St. Brigid School in Xenia, Ohio
    • WRITING 1st Place – “Our Family’s Merciful Acts” by Luke Niedzielski – 4th grade – teacher is Ms. J. Appleyard – St. Augustine Cathedral School
    • MUSIC 1st Place – “Mercy” composed by Allison Mounce – 5th grade – teacher is Mrs. Grossman – St. Augustine Cathedral School
    • VIDEO 1st Place – “Sharing Our Blessings with Others” by Alex Dugas – teacher is Ms. J. Appleyard – St. Augustine Cathedral School
  • Division 2 (grades 9th – 12th) 1st Place Winners:
    • ART 1st Place – “Growing Earthly Mercy” by Ryan Olexa – 10th grade – Msgr. Martin – Hackett Catholic Prep./St. Augustine
    • ART 1st Place – “Love Thy Neighbor” by Gabriella Hong – 11th grade – teacher is Christine Sweeney – St. Mary’s School in Lancaster, PA
  • Honorable Mention Awards:
    • Gabriel Oeurn – 4th grade (ART) “Works of Mercy” photos – teacher is Mrs. Teri Grossman - St. Augustine Cathedral School
    • Marissa Maley – 8th grade (ART) “Mercy” - teacher is Miss Meulman - St. Augustine Cathedral School
    • Isabelle Oeurn – 8th grade (ART) “Works of Mercy” - teacher is Miss Meulman - St. Augustine Cathedral School
    • Sophie Naylor – 7th grade (ART) “The Merciful Family” – teacher is Miss Kalani Burghard - St. Augustine Cathedral School
    • Aiden Futa – 5th grade (ART) “Divine Mercy is Within Us” – teacher is Mrs. Raelynn Stein - St. Augustine Cathedral School
    • Alexandra O’Brien – 5th grade (ART) “Love in One’s Heart” - teacher is Mrs. Raelynn Stein - St. Augustine Cathedral School
    • Meghan Peot – 5th grade (POEM-WRITING) “Merciful Family” - teacher is Mrs. Raelynn Stein - St. Augustine Cathedral School
    • Estella Cronen – 4th grade (ART) “The Merciful family” - teacher is Mrs. Raelynn Stein - St. Augustine Cathedral School
    • Nicholas Doerr – 4th grade (writing) “Merciful Family” teacher is Mrs. Raelynn Stein - St. Augustine Cathedral School

The Domestic Church Newsletter SPANISH edition is now available! A wonderful resource for Spanish-speaking (reading) families. To subscribe please contact Socorro at 269-903-0199 or via e-mail struchan@diokzoo.org

NACFLM CONFERENCE, JULY 19-23, 2016

Marriott North Pyramid Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Family: The Heart of Mercy
exploring the theme of mercy through the lens of family
El Corazón de la Misericordia
explorando el tema de la misericordia de Dios a través del lente de la familia
website:
http://nacflm.org/conference/

Joy Filled Marriage Weekends for the Engaged for 2016
 
 Joy-Filled Marriage - A marriage preparation weekend for engaged couples. The Joy-Filled Marriage is a comprehensive marriage preparation program rooted in virtues as well as the Theology of the Body. The program incorporates rich Catholic theology with sound psychology.

2016 Joy-Filled Marriage Weekend Dates - 2016:

May 14-15 (CLOSED)

July 16-17

September 24-25

November 12-13

PLEASE REGISTER EARLY in order to guarantee your place!

LOCATION: Transformations Retreat Center at 3427 Gull Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49048 (directions). To register for a weekend, please visit our website here: http://www.diokzoo.org/marriage-preparation or contact Socorro at: struchan@diokzoo.org via phone at: 269-903-0199
"Widowed Friends" Support Group
for men and women who have lost a spouse...

"Widowed Friends" Support Group for Men and Women 
widowed men and women - are invited to gather on the 4th Wednesday of each month:
DATES: Wednesday, May 25, June 22
LOCATION
: Diocesan Pastoral Center - 215 N. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo
TIME: 4 - 5:30 pm
Questions? Fr. Don Klingler at 269-254-8138 or Socorro at 269-903-0199

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